Critical Writing Index

In Times of Trouble

by Nancy Princenthal

Art in America, June 2008, pp. 146-151

Princenthal surveys films and videos (by Omer Fast, Julia Meltzer and David Thorne, Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Leslie Thornton, and Matthew Buckingham) that, taken together, situate post-9/11 conditions within a broader geopolitical and historical context. Fast's The Casting (2007) juxtaposes narratives from two soldiers: One, relays the story of a soldier's encounter with a "troubled woman" while on leave in Germany, the other, of a soldier who, while on duty in Iraq, shoots through a windshield of a car at a roadblock, killing or seriously injuring a passenger in the backseat. Meltzer and Thorne's—We will live to see these things, or, five pictures of what may come to pass (2007),Not a matter of if but when (2006), and epic (2008) — examines the effects of the war in Iraq through a combination of documentary and improvisational narrative. Ahtila's Where is Where? (2008) juxtaposes scenes of breakfast table conversation between a Finnish woman and Death with black and white (staged) scenes of the armed Algerian uprising in the late 1950s. Thornton's, Let me Count the Ways 10…9…8…7…6 (2004-) is a montage of archival material, including family movies that counts down to many things beginning with the bombing of Hiroshima. Buckingham's Muhheakantuck–Everything Has a Name (2004), cross-temporally juxtaposes footage and voice over narration to produce a multi-perspective narrative that frames the colonization of New York (and by extension North America) as a business undertaking.

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Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

The CastingOmer Fast

Spielberg's ListOmer Fast

We will live to see these things, or, five pictures of what may come to passJulia Meltzer and David Thorne

Not a matter of if but whenJulia Meltzer and David Thorne

epicJulia Meltzer and David Thorne

Where is where?Eija-Liisa Ahtila

Let me Count the Ways 10…9…8…7…6Leslie Thornton

Muhheakantuck–Everything Has a NameMatthew Buckingham